Metro briefs: New St. Paul development director set to begin

  • Updated: August 3, 2014 - 4:05 PM


Sage-Martinson to start as development director

Jonathan Sage-Martinson, who helped St. Paul neighborhoods adjust to the development of the light-rail line, will take over Monday as the city’s new planning and economic development director.

He has more than 15 years of community and economic development experience, most recently as director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, a group of local and national foundations formed to help University Avenue neighborhoods benefit from the Green Line. That experience should serve him well in working with Mayor Chris Coleman, who maintains that light rail is transforming downtown and the Midway district by stimulating private investment. The Funders Collaborative closely tracked jobs, businesses and housing in the Green Line corridor.

Sage-Martinson, 44, lives in St. Paul’s Highland Park area.



North suburbs

Meetings will discuss Ebola outbreak in Africa

State and local officials plan a pair a pair of informational meetings this week to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak that has killed several hundred people in three West African nations.

Several northern suburbs have large populations of West African immigrants.

The first meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N. It will be led by Brooklyn Park Fire Chief Ken Prillaman.

The second meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooklyn Center Community Activities, Recreation and Services Department, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, and will include experts from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Shannon Prather



Public invited to opening of Mpls. service center

The public is invited to gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to mark the grand opening of Hennepin County’s third regional human services center, which serves north Minneapolis. The celebration and ribbon-cutting are at 1001 Plymouth Av. N.

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